I was doing my best to carry out my employer’s new directives. There wasn’t anything unethical or immoral about the changes, but one of my colleagues didn’t agree with them and wasn’t reluctant about sharing that disagreement with our team’s contractors. The meetings, phone calls and emails grew increasingly contentious. I couldn’t go to his boss or mine about the situation, so I started praying the Jesus prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”) before any encounter. It helped me measure my words and refrain from returning fire with fire.
After several months, the colleague departed. The project moved toward completion. One of the contractors sent me an apology after he read something I’d written in Living Faith. In one of my most trying professional situations, Jesus had used me to bring light.
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